We used to celebrate Nevada Day on October 31, to commemorate the day we became a state in 1864. In the year 2000, Nevada Day observation was changed by the legislature to celebrate the holiday on the last Friday in October, hoping that the three-day weekend would generate more interest.
And has it ever – there has been an ongoing undercurrent ever since of those of us who love the day off being happy and those of us who are purists being insulted. And many times, we are both of those. Nonetheless, we observe the holiday today, freeze ourselves at the parade tomorrow, and we still Trick or Treat on our state’s real birthday.
In addition to the parade and the day off, several other celebrations take place around the holiday. There is a month-long treasure hunt, a tour on Friday of the historical east side of Carson City, and free admission to the Nevada Railroad Museum and the State Museum. There is a pancake breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday before the parade, beginning at 7 a.m., a chili feed at the Carson Nugget, hot air balloons, and of course, the parade that begins at 10 a.m. with over 200 entries that will last for four hours.
For more information about events see the website at nevadaday.com.
Locally, the Churchill County Museum has an awesome exhibit “The 1860s: The Decade That Made Nevada,” that will be up through November: https://bit.ly/3gNh6lM be sure to go see that while you can.
As Sheriff Richard Hickox said this week on social media, “Go look for a Mountain Bluebird, hike out to see a single leaf pinon or a Bristlecone Pine and, enjoy the smell of a big Sagebrush along the journey. Celebrate this great state, its wide open spaces, beautiful views and killer sunsets and if you get lucky enough watch some majestic bighorns for awhile its good for the soul.”
Missing my friend Leo 💜